Not too long ago, we asked: What is animation dance? Thanks to some expert instruction, we now know that animation is about bending reality, about making people stop and think, Wait...what did I just see?
Well that's just what we thought after watching this new video of animator extraordinaire Marquese "Nonstop" Scott (RemoteKontrol & Dragon House Crew). We were stunned by Scott's almost inhuman control—his ability to isolate every part of his body with seemingly impossible fluidity.
Yet there is something very grounded about it. Set to a remix of John Legend's "All of Me," the movement comes from a place of real human emotion. Scott showed us pain, joy, and love without moving beyond a three foot radius. He doesn't need any extras—no special lighting, no changing scenery, no flashy effects. The juxtaposition of (extremely) unfamiliar movement with emotions we can understand was enough to hold our undivided attention for the entire five-minute video.
In short, we were mesmerized.
Want to learn more about Marquese "Nonstop" Scott? Check out this 20-minute YouTube documentary, where he explains how he found dance (or how dance found him).
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.